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Many of us have gone through great adversity in the past few years... it's been a challenging time for sure! Yet in these times is when God uses the adversity to strengthen us and bring us higher. Yes, He ALWAYS has a greater plan through it all.
There is rich, prophetic insight in this word of the Lord from Bill and Marsha Burns. As you read through it, you'll gain a greater understanding of the past seasons we've walked through as well as what's ahead. Be encouraged for the greater works ahead!
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A Year of Visitation: Power in the Book of Acts will Come Upon God's People
Prophecy by Bill Burns – January 2, 2011:
Twenty-eleven will bring periods of divine visitation. If I were trying to be poetic, I would say, "Heaven in Eleven." This would mean that Heaven's glory will be the sign of these visitations from on high. The Lord in His glory will visit His people in 2011:
Small Straws in a Soft Wind by Marsha Burns: "You have both heard and seen the opening of My glory statement. I am in charge; not flesh and blood. I Myself will lead you into the next move of My Spirit. It won't be engineered by your own good ideas or sense of religiosity, nor will it be patterned after any other move. You will not only see My glory, but you will experience My glory in every aspect of your life and being. Yours is only to yield and let Me take you into the realms of glory," says the Lord.
As stated, this visitation and the glory that comes with it will not be controlled by men. It shall be as it is written:
1 Kings 8:10-11 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.
Our part in this visitation must be the same as that which David spoke of:
Psalm 26:6-8 I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O LORD, that I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works. LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.
The purpose of this visitation is to bring God's people into His glory and, thereby, establish Kingdom reality (the atmosphere of Heaven).
Our desire in this season should be like the desire that Moses had when he said in Exodus 33:18: "Please, show me Your glory."
And God said in Exodus 33:19: "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."
I prophetically spoke of God's goodness in The Trumpet on December 27, 2010:
"Come and see, in the season that is before you, the goodness of the Lord in the land of those who are living by faith; who are trusting Me; who choose to walk in Spirit. I encourage you to allow yourself to be driven by the wind of My Spirit and to be carried by the water of My Spirit. My blessings will not be withheld in this coming year, which shall be a year of blessing to those who have been faithful. So, My faithful ones, get ready for the manifestation of multiplied blessings. Even though the world itself will be in disarray, even though the economic conditions of this world are not good, you will live within the confines of My blessings. Lift up your heads and let your worship ascend," says the Lord God Almighty.
The glory of God will bring His blessings:
The Trumpet, December 13, 2010: "Have you not read that I am the Lord of Glory? I am the King of Glory! My glory I share with no other because it originates with Me, but that glory that I am speaking of I will bring upon you. If you will walk with Me in the place of My glory, the path that is before you, which is already been set ablaze for your journey. My call to you today is come and walk in the glory. Come and abide in the glory, for all things are manifest in My glory. Every promise is received in My glory. Again, I say, come. Come and receive. Come and participate," says the Lord.
The glory of God will bring forth the sons of His glory.
Romans 8:18-19 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
And the sons abiding in His glory will become the glorious Church.
Ephesians 5:27 ...that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
The Number Four
We are prophetically living in the fourth watch of the Church Age, and it is a time of visitation when Jesus comes, walking on the waves to His people.
Matthew 14:25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
And, in this fourth watch His glory will come:
Ezekiel 44:4 Also He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; and I fell on my face.
Also, the number four represents an open door in Heaven:
Revelation 4:1-2 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in Heaven. And the first voice, which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this." Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in Heaven, and One sat on the throne.
The Trumpet, November 9, 2010: I see seven doors opening in the heavenlies. And the Lord is saying, "Come up here; the doors are opening. Spiritual perfection will flow from these doors to My people. The Spirit of wisdom and revelation will come forth in floods of glory from these places in the heavenlies. Christian life is no more to be normal," says the Lord. "You are to become supernatural as you were meant to be." Flow, river, flow upon Your people, and let that golden oil run forth and bring Your power and tangible presence alive among Your people. Amen.
When I first saw this vision, I only knew that one of the doors related to wisdom. I have since seen the names of the seven doors, which are gifts of the Holy Spirit.
1. The Word of Wisdom, which brings revelation (1 Corinthians 12:7-10).
2. The Word of Knowledge, which gives understanding.
3. The Gift of Faith, which gives us the faith that Jesus had (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
4. Gifts of Healings, which the Body of Christ must have.
5. The Working of Miracles are especially necessary in these last days.
6. Prophecy, so that God's voice may be heard.
2 Samuel 22:10-14 He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub, and flew; and He was seen upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness canopies around Him, dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him coals of fire were kindled. The LORD thundered from Heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.
7. Discerning of Spirits so that the Church can know which spirits are working against it.
Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Greater Access to the Gifts and Power of the Spirit Will Come in 2011
The key of David is required to open these doors:
Revelation 3:7-8 And to the angel of the Church in Philadelphia write, "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, 'He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens': I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name."
Jesus has the key of David and opens these doors for us when we become those who worship in spirit and in truth like David did.
John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
Worship in Spirit
1 Corinthians 14:15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
I will pray and sing with the spiritual gift of tongues, the eighth gift of the Spirit, and I will be given interpretation of my songs and prayers, which is the ninth gift of the Spirit.
Heaven's songs will be played by today's psalmists, and we shall interpret the meanings of those songs – this is the key of David that will open the seven doors that we can then enter into.
Worship will position us to go through these seven doors as the Spirit of God wills, and He will bring us through the door of whatever gift is needed at the time. A fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit will help this process of accessing Heaven's doors.
The Upper Room
Again, the number eleven comes into play for our understanding regarding the Upper Room and the fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit that the Church needs. Eleven apostles entered the Upper Room (Acts 1:13).
In the year 2011 the same power that the apostles demonstrated in the book of Acts will come upon God's people. A fresh baptism that produces the gifts of the Holy Spirit is necessary. As a Church, we will be redefined by this fresh baptism of apostolic power so we can become one with Jesus in His works.
John 14:11-14 "Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."
This baptism will bring about a great transition from the Church Age into the Kingdom Age.
The Equipping Continues
In 2008 the Lord told me that the years 2009, 2010, and 2011 would be years in which He would equip His people to live in the power of His divine government of 2012.
The Body of Christ has been afflicted in 2009 and 2010 because equipping takes place in adversity. But, because of the fresh baptism of apostolic power that is available to us, we will begin to rejoice in our victories over the adversity. Satan is not going to be happy about the favor of God that is coming upon the Church in 2011.
In early December, for about a week, I kept hearing in my spirit the term "slumdog millionaire." All I knew about this phrase was that it is the title of a movie which I had not seen, and that it is a rags-to-riches story. I announced this to the congregation on a Sunday, and one of the dear ladies at our church told me that in the storyline it came out that the young man was equipped to be a winner by the adversity found in his life's circumstances.
I believe God wants us to know that He has been with us through our many trials and we have been equipped to win. We are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!
Jesus taught (equipped) His disciples for roughly three years and then He empowered them for service on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). So, in like manner, we are also being equipped so that we can be empowered. His glory in this year will both equip and empower us. Even so, Lord Jesus, come and do your work in us.
Luke 21:25 tells us that one of the signs of the end of the age is the "distress of nations." The distress of all of the nations of the world right now is the economy. Banks and businesses are failing in record numbers. Unemployment will continue because of these failures. The credit debt is huge, and sooner or later the bubble will burst.
So, it is time for God's people to learn to live in God's economy. Position yourselves by faith to receive His blessings.
2011 is going to give us a wild ride, so fasten your spiritual seat belts and hang on. An earmark of this season will be acceleration; things will be moving fast. Opportunities will come and go very quickly, so be ready – instant in season.
Get out of debt and stay out of debt if at all possible. Trust in the Lord for your provision, and lean not on your own understanding. Fight the good fight of faith. Embrace the adversity and overcome it by the power of God's name.
And, I pray that you will indeed see God's goodness in 2011.
Psalm 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
The Great Release
Prophecy by Marsha Burns – January 2, 2011:
Twenty-eleven! The number 20 symbolizes expectation in this century, and eleven symbolizes disintegration and transition. The eleven faithful apostles after the disintegration were released to build the Church.
Twenty-eleven corresponds with the Hebrew year 5771: Israel was held in captivity 70 years and released in the 71st year.
In Hebrew, Ayin is the word for 70, which names the decade: Ayin means eye: to see, understand and obey. Ayin is described as having two eyes, representing the choice of good or evil; optimism or pessimism. Ayin can also mean fountain – the fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive. This is the decade of enlightenment to the Church and prophetic insight.
Aleph in Hebrew is the word for 1, which names the year. Aleph is the symbol of the ox, which means strength and leadership. It represents the breath of God and the revelation of the mysteries of God through His leaders who have been sent to equip and prepare His people.
Aleph has two arms, one above and one below, connected in the middle by a hook, which represents humanity. The humanity that connects Heaven above to earth below is Christ. Expect heavenly reality to invade the earth in greater ways this year.
Genesis 46:27 And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two persons. All the persons of the house of Jacob who went to Egypt were seventy (who became captives).
Jeremiah 25:8-12 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: "Because you have not heard My words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north," says the LORD, "and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity," says the LORD; "and I will make it a perpetual desolation."
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
We are now in the 71st year, which presumably represents the release from captivity and punishment.
We are Now in the Position to Rebuild
Nehemiah 1:1-3 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel, that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, "The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire."
This is somewhat reminiscent of the cleaning of our own spiritual foundation and the burning of the wood, hay and straw – or the works of the flesh.
2010 has been a year of change on every level as God has swept the foundation clean. Our good ideas for ministry and our American religious traditions have been challenged and found lacking. Our focus cannot be people, church growth, and finances; our focus must be God Himself and no other.
We are now in the position of Nehemiah to rebuild that which has been torn down. And, this time, we must build only as led by the Holy Spirit of God.
We can probably expect opposition such as Nehemiah experienced as he went forth by the mandate of God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and Ezra in rebuilding the Temple.
Nehemiah 2:17-20 Then I said to them, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach."
And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king's words that he had spoken to me. So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work.
But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?"
So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of Heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem."
Nehemiah 4:7-9, 16-17 Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry, and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night... So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah. Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
We also, will watch for the enemy to stop the work and to create confusion. And we will pray to our God and be ready to fight against every attack.
Jeremiah 20:11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty, awesome One. Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail. They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper. Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
Words of Knowledge and Words of Wisdom from the Lord for 2011
I see in a vision the engine of an automobile that needs to be adjusted and tuned up so that it can run better. Expect to make some adjustments as you are being fine-tuned to fulfill your purpose in the overall scheme of things. Things that once sparked your interest will be replaced by that which better suits your level of spiritual maturity.
"As you continue to draw close to Me, you will see My creation from a new perspective. The sky will seem bluer and the grass greener, yet worldly interests and the satisfying of your flesh will become a secondary pursuit at best. And your knowledge of the written Word will combine with your experiences to produce fresh, life-producing revelation.
"Just when you think you've lost your edge, spiritual clarity will come forth like a picture coming into focus. You will be able to see and discern with greater depth and lucidity than ever. Expect to be more decisive with issues and concerns where you have been duplicitous. Instead you will be focused and more efficient."
I kept hearing in my spirit the term "quantum leap." You will broaden your spectral lines. This means that you will move beyond your normal limitations into a new realm of understanding and activity. You will no longer allow circumstances or people to hold you back or keep you from achieving your spiritual and natural potential.
"I have torn, but I will heal. What has seemed like destruction has only been a good house cleaning to remove from your life the things that were no longer relevant. You have been released from the things that have held you back or created spiritual stagnation, and you can now move forward with a greater sense of freedom.
"Do not concern yourself with thoughts of what you cannot do. Refuse to be a 'Jack in the Box' confined by old mindsets. Instead of focusing on your inabilities, let Me reveal your possibilities. I am with you to take you beyond your perceived restraints.
"I am taking you to new heights. You will be delighted in what you see, but you must wait for Me instead of striking out on your own in presumption. This will be a time when you will begin to know the difference between the leading of My Spirit and the impulse of your own soul. I will lead you in perfect timing if you will wait on Me and trust in Me," says the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Bill and Marsha Burns
About Bill and Marsha Burns: Bill Burns is the Apostle and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle. He has a powerful prophetic gifting. His heart is to bring revelation with clarity and purpose to the Third Day Church and to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. He continues to raise up the next generation of prophetic ministers. Marsha Burns is a teacher with pastoral anointing and a Prophet to the local assembly in Kremmling, Colorado. She has been commissioned by the Lord to speak forth words of knowledge and words of wisdom to the nations via the Internet – best known for her Small Straws in a Soft Wind.